1/500th at F16, ISO 800 (35mm) - Fuji X100
1/250th at F16, ISO 800 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
Finally got back late last night! Lots to catch up on. I'll have more to post from the trip of course over the next week or two, but we're going to jump right back into the real purpose of the blog. Back to daily posts of NY.
Vintage Friday will start up again next week.
At the end of a 4 kilometer hilly walk down the main road of Folegandros, you come to this gorgeous blue and white church. These churches are scattered across the tiny island, often in incredibly remote and uninhabited areas of the island. Some are basically the size of one room sheds, but if you peer into the windows you can see them filled with gorgeous iconography. This church was the largest on the island and the only one that was open for us to walk into. Luckily, it was unattended as they don't normally allow people in with shorts, a rule that I don't quite understand given how hot Greece is.
On a personal note, we're stuck at the Athens airport for about 36 hours as our flight was canceled due to protests in the city and by the air traffic controllers. It sounds like they're now tear gassing protesters in the main square, which is where we were staying almost two weeks ago during the previous protests. It's impossible to travel anywhere since public transportation has been halted, but luckily the airport hotel is brand new and very nice, so I'm getting some work done and watching some movies.
As you can probably tell by my lack of posting this last week I've been having a lot of fun on the honeymoon. We've been pretty active so I haven't had much time or energy to post, but I think I'll get a couple of them done tomorrow.
Will be back home on Weds and then we will return to our normal daily post schedule. Looking forward to it.
We're leaving Folegandros tomorrow for Santorini and I don't want to go. I've never been anywhere like this before.
Folegandros is a tiny Greek Island that is part of the group of islands, including Santorini, that make up the southern part of the Cyclades. The island is about 12 square miles and has only about 650 inhabitants and one paved road that travels the length of the island.
The island fills up with tourists during the high season of summer, but it is almost empty by the end of September. If you decide to travel here make it at the beginning or tail end of the season.
The buildings here are in the same style as Santorini, white stucco with blue doors and windows (the blue is meant to ward off evil). The buildings are built into the cliffside with winding passageways that were meant to confuse attacking pirates to let the inhabitants escape attacks. The island had a constant problem with pirates and attackers up until the 19th century.
(Above Taken by Sara)
View from our room right on the edge of the cliff. The first photo from yesterdays post was taken at our hotel, the Anemomilos Apartments.
Sara with the X100 - doesn't she look cute!
A couple of preliminary shots from Folegandros before bed. Much more tomorrow hopefully when I have a chance to write about the island. This place is heaven.
Here is the new article that was in the paper yesterday. To view a larger version click here.
1/125th at F2, ISO 1600 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
I don't really like Athens very much. It's a dirty, disorganized, traffic plagued city that is very stressful. Not the perfect setting for a honeymoon.
But Sara had never been here and her grandmother offered to put us up in the Grande Bretagne for three nights. It's by far the nicest hotel I've ever been in, and a stark contrast with the surrounding city.
The rest of the city could be extremely beautiful, but it's just plagued with graffiti, dirt and run-down buildings. It's clear that they are having problems.
That being said, the Parthenon is the most incredible structure that I've ever seen. It's almost more impressive seen from afar, how it towers over the city.
But outside of our hotel, in the main square of Athens, is where the action is. Yesterday there was a large protest and a 24 hour transit strike that ends at 5am. Our cab for the ferry to the Islands is at 6, so hopefully we can make it there. I feel like the honeymoon officially starts when we get there. Between the wedding fatigue, jet-lag, and craziness of Athens it's been a tiring last few days here.
The first and last shots in this post were of protesters seen through the windows of the hotel restaurant.
My grandparents, Tony and Peggy.
Today is the wedding day and I thought it would be fitting to put some family wedding portraits up. Next stop Greece!
Sara's grandparents, Alice and Karl.
Sara's Grandparents, Pop and Gigi.
Sara's parents, Joyce and Mark.
My favorite portrait of my grandparents.